Best games on OS X using keyboard & trackpad only

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  1. MRxROBOT macrumors 6502

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    I have a mid 2015 15" with dGPU. What are the best games to be played with onboard keyboard + trackpad within OS X? Using a controller or mouse is not an option as I carry enough when I travel.
     
  2. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

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    Outside of casual games, there's little, if anything, that can be optimally played with the trackpad. Just get one of these. Yes, it might not be an ideal size, but it will open up many more gaming possibilities, not to mention being more comfortable to use.
     
  3. MRxROBOT thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for taking the time to respond. I understand using the trackpad is not ideal or appropriate for many games, but I would really prefer not to carry one more thing. I travel often was just looking for something to pass the time in my downtime.
     
  4. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

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    In my old job, I would travel at least once a month, and carrying a mouse was not a burden. You might be able to play strategy games, such as XCOM or Civilization, with the trackpad, but anything else is going to give you a hard time.
     
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    I'm on the road now and it would take considerable effort to track down a mouse, there's no Wal-Marts or Best Buys around these parts. I'll check out XCOM and Civilization. Thanks!
     
  6. ricmcgmr macrumors member

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    There's a few indies that could work. Aim at strategy / RPG games. For example, This War of Mine and The Banner Saga 2 should work great (I play both while travelling with my MacBook Air).
     
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    The best games require a mouse, they don't take up that much space. I put mine, a Razer Game Mouse in a small Tupperware container. :)
     
  8. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Crypt of the NecroDancer

    Everything is done via up down left right (maybe enter in menu but i use a gamepad)

    Long review that describes what it is.
     
  9. MRxROBOT thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks!
     
  10. Ichkamo macrumors member

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    I often get to play using the track-pad (using multi-touch gestures), since you've got a force-touch track-pad the clicking job might be even easier to do. :D
    I'd suggest trying :

    - HearthStone (a card game)
    - Civilisation (a strategy game)
    - Firewatch (an exploration game, FPS) time to use that dGPU
    - Don't starve (a cute/hard survival game)
    - Factorio (a management/survival game) don't be scared by the crappy looks, it's one of the sweetest in the list :D
    - Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist (a funny 10min game, FPS)
    - Portal (the cake is a.....)

    Mmmh that's all I can think of for now.. Have fun! ;)
     
  11. madgibbon macrumors member

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    While I still prefer to use a mouse and keyboard, I do play The Witcher, Torchlight and System Shock 2 with the track pad at times.
     
  12. MRxROBOT thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for all the suggestions. Lots here to keep me entertained :).

    I think some members have misunderstood the nature of my question. I'm not looking for the best gaming experience my MacBook has to offer which would entail a mouse but rather looking for an enjoyable gaming experience with my trackpad.
     
  13. willentrekin macrumors member

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    I thought Gone Home was pretty good, and the trackpad was fine for it. Same with the Stanley Parable. They're more exploratory than FPS.

    Haven't they also re-released some point-and-click adventures for Macs? Some of the Quests and those sorts of games? I know some are out on iOS, but those could work.
     
  14. schopaia macrumors member

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    Grim Fandango, Day of the Tentacle - any 'adventure game'
     
  15. Kevclark1985 macrumors member

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    Xcom - plays great on the Mac and does not need a mouse. I even play it on the iPad and plays really well.
     
  16. MRxROBOT thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I see The Bureau, XCOM, and XCOM 2. Are all of these variations of XCOM playable? Thanks again :).
     
  17. Kevclark1985 macrumors member

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    The Bureau will not be as playable (it's more of an action game/shooter set in the XCOM Universe). XCOM and XCOM 2 are turn based strategy games.
     
  18. Dirtyharry50 macrumors 68000

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    I am planning to largely replace my mouse with a trackpad soon. I enjoy playing a lot of different kinds of games and while I cannot claim experience yet I don't really anticipate needing the mouse for much aside of FPS games and a controller I think tends to be preferable for Action/Adventure games such as the Batman or Assassin's Creed games. I'd expect most casual games, many RPGs (particularly isometric view ones), many strategy games all ought to work pretty well.

    There should be plenty of options that do not require a mouse or controller to enjoy. I think you could reasonably make the call yourself on a game to game basis just by considering the type of input the game is likely most suited to which tends to be fairly obvious as in the above noted examples of FPS, etc.
     
  19. DrNeroCF macrumors 6502

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    I actually played most of Amnesia: The Dark Decent with just the trackpad on my Macbook Pro. There's not really any precise aiming in the game, honestly felt more immersive to me.
     
  20. doristoller macrumors newbie

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    I agree MRxROBOT, carrying mouse leads to giving extra attention of holding things in travel. Well, I would like to suggest few games like Space pirates, zombies and Sims 3 might work well on a pad. I got some games which can be easily played on laptops with trackpad from www.instant-gaming.com Official site. You can also hop to this site to know more games.
     
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    Eschalon series works perfectly with touchpad.
    http://basiliskgames.com

    I even use Photoshop and Illustrator with trackpad when working with my laptop. Using mouse with laptop feels clumsy and you need something to put mouse on. Try that on a bus.
     
  24. the8thark macrumors 68040

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    If you have internet access, Hearthstone is a great game that can be played without a mouse.
     
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    Peggle (I know how it looks but its a blast)

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    Radiant Defence

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    Plague Inc

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    Atom Zombie Smasher

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